Prado Nuevo, Spain: Our Lady of Sorrows
The story of Prado Nuevo:
On June 14, 1981 (Holy Trinity Sunday), it was reported that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a startled woman, Luz Amparo. She appeared on an ash tree here in this tiny place, under the appearance of Our Lady of Sorrows. She asked that a chapel be built here for people to meditate on her Son’s Passion, which so many had forgotten.
Our Lady went on to say that if they built the chapel, there would be healings from a spring that was near the tree. She promised to bless all those who came to say the Rosary daily.
It should be pointed out that the apparition here has neither been approved or disapproved by The Church….that apparition remains under investigation, much the same as at Medjugorje and other places of reported apparitions.
About the Shrine at Prado Nuevo:
The chapel was constructed with the express permission from the former Archbishop of Madrid: Antonio Maria (Cardinal) Ruoco Varelaa. As you can see here it was a very simple structure.
It accommodated a few hundred, but often had standing-room only when Mass was being celebrated.
In early 2020, the Chapel was torn down by order of the city government of Madrid-El Escorial with a false claim that there was no proper permit from the local authorities to build the Marian sanctuary. We are not sure where the hostility to the shrine came from, but obviously there were those in the local government who wanted it gone and made sure to get their way.
The spring nearby remains a popular place for those hoping for healings.
Traveling to Prado Nuevo:
The shrine is located about 20 miles Northwest of Madrid. There is no public transportation from Madrid. Map location below is approximate, check with the shrine for details.
Address: M-600, 28280 El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
GPS coordinates: 40° 35′ 30.9264” N, 4° 7′ 38.4132” W (approx.)
Tel: +1 (34) 660171585 – 665162724
Click here for the official website of the Shrine (there is an English-language option).
Note: these apparitions have not yet been approved by the Church, but have not been disapproved either.
Click here for a great article on our blog about a visit to the Shrine.
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